10.02.2016 - UNESCO Office in Juba

South Sudan Set to Celebrate 2016 World Radio Day

South Sudan as in previous years, will join the rest of the world to celebrate World Radio Day (WRD) on 13 February 2016 under the theme global theme “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster” and the local theme “Celebrating Radio in times of conflict and Peace.”

World Radio Day is recognized on the UN calendar as an international day which was proposed by UNESCO and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 2012. A day to celebrate radio as a medium of communication; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of expression and gender equality over the airwaves.

Some of the activities supported by several partners including South Sudan Radios, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), UNESCO, Save the Children South Sudan, Red Cross, Norwegian People’s Aid( NPA) and leading to the day are:

·        South Sudan Radio Joint outside Broadcast on 13 February 2016 at the Medan Rainbow football playground in Thomping, Juba from 10:00 to 13:00. (Programme attached)

·        World Radio Day celebrations evening Reception at Juba Regency hotel on 13th February from 6pm-8pm. All media stakeholders, journalists, development partners and friends of South Sudan radios are invited.

·        Several radio talk shows hosted by all the participating radio station

·        World Radio Day Jingles with the same message on the role of “radio in times of emergency and disaster” aired by South Sudan Radio stations from 01 February 2016 and they will run until 13 February 2016. These have been produced by Eye Radio and Radio Bakhita as a contribution to mark the WRD in South Sudan.

·         A joint press conference by all the station managers on the 10th February to raise the awareness on the need to utilise the airwaves responsibly in South Sudan in times of peace and conflict.

The Outside Broadcast joint event will bring together the radio broadcasting sector including South Sudan Radio, Equator Broadcasting Corporation Radio, several Radios under Catholic Radio Network including Bhakita FM, Eye Radio, Radio Miraya, Classic FM, Summer Radio, Radio 1, Liberty, Capital FM, City FM, VOA, Radio Pibor, among others, ensuring that the public, private and community radios in South Sudan share the same platform to advocate for the right use of Radio in South Sudan in ending the conflict, promote peace building initiatives and reconciliation. It will also be a platform for promoting diversity as strength, through local languages advocating for the same message. 

Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth, Minister Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has been invited to officiate the event which will also bring together development and humanitarian organizations active in the field of disaster preparedness and response.

Among the dignitaries invited are Mr. Eugene Owusu, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General as well as the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to South Sudan and the UNESCO Representative to South Sudan Mr. Salah Khaled.

For more information contact :

Ms. Lydia Gachungi

Communication and Information Specialist

UNESCO Juba Office

Email : l.gachungi@unesco.org

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